Hanif’s marathon knock

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Hanif Mohammad was one of the finest openers Pakistan produced back in the day and was rightfully known as the ‘Little Master’.

On this day in 1958 Hanif achieved an amazing feat of batting for a massive 970 minutes against West Indies, who were a force to reckon with during those days, in order to save that test match for Pakistan. His innings included 24 fours as he amassed 337 runs in that innings. This innings at Bridgetown still stands as the longest individual innings in test cricket in terms of minutes batted.

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Hanif’s marathon stay at the wicket meant that Pakistan were able to draw that test match although after being dismissed for a low score in the first innings it seemed unlikely.

Hanif featured in 55 test matches for Pakistan during a career which lasted for around 17 years. He accumulated 3915 runs during his entire span of time in Pakistan cricket along with an excellent conversion rate of 12 centuries and 15 half centuries.

Scorecard 

West Indies                                              579/9 dec
Pakistan                                                   106 all out
Pakistan                                                    657/8 dec
West Indies                                               28/0
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